How do you identify a leader in an interview?

Being a great leader is more than climbing the career ladder as a manager; being able to network with the right people and attaining good results from your team. Being a great leader involves having a clear vision, knowing every nuance of your team and understanding their needs, putting your team first and delegating effectively.

With the strong selection of management roles available in the property market, it’s vital recruitment agencies screen candidates with the right potential to successfully manage a team. To be an effective leader and communicate this clearly in an interview, candidates must be aware that it’s not enough to just be good at your job alone, you must think expansively for your team. Which begs the question, how do you identify a leader in an interview? Someone well-presented with a confident manner? Or a candidate who’s articulate with previous experience managing a team?

With competencies often taking precedence in an interview, Rubix believe a candidate’s grit and integrity is equally important to assess. Our Director at Rubix, Zoe Smith has shared her key indicators for what truly makes a leader stand out in an interview:

  • Putting others first

A great leader will categorically put the needs of their team before their own. As a leader, your needs come second to those you serve in your team, creating new opportunities for growth by paving the way. When you focus on fulfilling your team’s learning needs, you better equip them to meet their responsibilities and in turn putting your team in great shape to meet objectives.

  • Authenticity

With every good leader, comes their individual style of connecting with their team. Leadership styles are to inspire, but not to be replicated from what has been done before. Candidates with a genuine and natural approach will stand out notably in an interview.

  • Attitude

A leader’s energy and attitude are imperative in all situations. It can be the make or break in a team, as Henry Ford said ‘whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right’; a leader’s attitude is what their team will absorb. No matter the circumstances, a leader should always expect the unexpected; rallying the troops to come together and adapting their team to newer ways of working.

  • Communication

As a manager, it comes with the territory to be so busy you have to take a late lunch (or none at all – we’re all guilty!) either way it’s imperative that you make time for your team. Never underestimate the power of a 1-1 with each member of the team, work related or even just a general catch up. A good leader will know each of their team inside out, how they work individually and collectively. Understanding what makes them tick, what inspires and motivates them; knowing your team’s individual career aspirations and how you can personally help them achieve that.

  • Delegation and empowerment

The ability to delegate is a true indicator of a good leader; it implies trust and belief in your team. A good leader won’t feel the need to have crippling control over their team; this will create barriers and a hostile relationship, which won’t benefit either party. A good leader will not micromanage their team; they will instead sit down with their team and tell them the desired outcome but will allow them to get there themselves. That sense of personal achievement will empower your team.

  • Take advice

Advice at any stage in your career is invaluable, given from the right source. A great leader is the biggest advocate for continual learning and will be the first person to hold their hands up if they don’t know the answer. Equally, they will know when to seek advice when they feel out of their depth.

Get in touch with the team here at Rubix to find out how we qualify future leaders in interviews for our clients.

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